Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours dark black, opaque, with a 2 inch light mocha colored head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells include chocolate, roasted malt, and blueberries.

This stout has a wonderful dry roasted malt flavor, with lots of bitter dark chocolate. The blueberries are subtle and not overpowering, providing a little bit of sweetness and very mild tartness. Even without the blueberries, this would be an outstanding stout- the roasted character is perfect. The blueberry flavor and aroma get stronger and sweeter as the beer warms, without ever getting cloying.

Medium to full body, very drinkable, scary drinkable, actually. No alcohol presence.

An amazing stout, Dark Horse continues to impress me.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, slight blueberry. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, picking up more of the blueberry now. Medium body, got some heat for a 4.5 ABV brew, lol Drinkable, very tasty brew, always wanted to try this one. Thanks Bill.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Duvel tulip

A - Poured a thick dark brown/black with one finger of fizzy medium-brown coloured head.

S - Blueberry juice and dark roasted malts. Some sweetness in the background - brown sugar and molasses.

T - Dark roasted malts are the predominant flavour, not the blueberry, which is a pleasant surprise. The blueberry is definitely there though - as the secondary flavour. There are also hints of chocolate and coffee. Very delicious.

M - Medium body; slightly overcarbonated.

D - Goes down easy, which isn't common with many fruit-flavoured beers. This was a pleasant surprise that I would buy again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a stiff black malt earthiness as well a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. The blueberry aroma is fresh and damn enticing. There is a nice roasted character here. The taste is decent. It's bone dry with lots of roasted black malts present. It goes down easy with a bit of prickly carbonation. The blueberry flavoring seems artificial; most likely extract, which is disappointing. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is an interesting beer that I believe needs some minute tinkering. It's a good drinker that I wouldn't shy away from buying in the future.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with a touch of blueberries. There is not as much fruit in the aroma as I expected. The flavor is different, as the fruit is much more apparent. I get a lot of blueberry character as well as some roasted malt and a touch of smoke. The beer has a slight medicinal tastes, but it works OK in this beer. There is a strong, lingering blueberry aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tres went into a regular kitchen glass, my second in the series, I hope to try all 5 someday.

Tres appears black in the glass with some brown trimmings around town. There is some yeast clumps on the bottom of the bottle so be careful pouring. A nice dark brown foam on top almost creamy looking became a ring around the glass with minor stickage on the glass.

After letting this warm for a few the blueberry really came out to blossom, it became the main scent with almost a captain crunch berry smell. Under that roasted malt, chocolate, slight grain. I'm wondering if they use regular berries or puree or the like for this. While the berries are big you can tell there is a stout under them.

This could be one of the best 'berry' infused stouts that i've had. While the berries are big they don't overshadow the stout and don't taste artificial. Blueberries, roasted malts, chocolate a hint of vanilla finished with more berries. I was going in expecting bad things but this is a pleasant surprise.

The feel is semi thick with a slight syrup vibe going for it. The carbonation is low but felt with a slight prick in the beginning before I was bombarded by berry sweetness. Finishes smooth and coating. I can't believe this is only 4.5%, it feels like it's much more with the body.

I liked this very much, I'm leary on blueberry beers because I find the taste to be a lot like morning cereals, but Dark Horse really impressed me with this offering. I would not drink more than one in a sitting even with the low ABV, but I see myself getting this again in the future.

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Photo of biegaman
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Black onyx that leaves little - actually make that no - room for highlighting. The beer is decidedly opaque and neither the angle at which it's held nor the brightness of the light behind it are likely to change that. Its head, on the other hand, is markedly coloured a brilliant and rich looking caramel tone. It looks like someone sprinkled brown sugar atop and then torched it. Its rusty pigmentation actually stains the walls of the glass.

The aroma doesn't overstate the contribution of the blueberries but it does make their inclusion apparent. Foremost, however, is this tremendously roasty malt profile that is replete with notes of charred oak, smokey grains, burnt toast, bitter cocoa and black coffee. Pound for pound I give this as much complexity and character as anything bourbon-barrel aged or containing the word 'imperial' in its moniker.

Coffee, chocolate and caramel are flavourful enough on their own - add blueberries into the mix and you have yourself one seriously decadent, indulgent treat. Those tastes of dark chocolate and espresso stay locked in and linger for a considerable time after each gulp. The berries take a less aggressive approach but can be equally impressionable on any given sip. Think rich tiramisu made with heavy-roast espresso and blueberry brandy.

The mouthfeel has a nice play between bitter, chunky cocoa nibs and tart, fully ripened blueberries and sweet, caramelized malts. The only problem is that its fourth characteristic - an ultra smokey, heavily roasted, intense espresso-type bitterness - is slightly disproportionate to the others. I'm also finding the beer just a tad thin considering the gratifying richness of its flavour. The alcohol I'd guess around the 7% range.

I've had the privilege of trying Tres Blueberry Stout on many occasions now and each time I come back to it I am more impressed and gratified. The way that Dark Horse has managed to integrate the tart, tannic, wild and dark berry flavour of the fruit into this classically rich base of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts is nothing short of mouthwatering (not to say downright heavenly if paired with the right dessert). Highly recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty impressive in this beer, as I pick up considerable vanilla, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and blueberry. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but is dominated by blueberry, vanilla and coffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long finish.

Nothing really extraordinary here (though the blueberry component is a nice touch), but for a relatively low alcohol stout, this beer is pretty nice.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Opaque black, no highlights or light passing through with a steady thick tan/mocha head that has great retention but very little lacing. Looks like an amazing stout. Rich, complex aroma of a roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate, a little coffee, etc. Finishes with slightly sweet note of blueberry, not quite as strong as I hoped for, but again smells like a great stout. Creamy medium thick body with minimal carbonation. Flavor begins and ends with mild blueberry sweetness and body has great balanced flavored with strong roasted malt flavor with chocolate, smoke and other dark flavors like the nose. Easily one of my favorite easy drinking beers. I would actually prefer a little more fruit flavor, but otherwise no complaints.

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Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12oz bottle at Julio's. Definately have to go back and snag a sixer of this. This was poured into a Duvel Tulip after a rather nice, rich dark fountain poured out of my bottle immediately after opening.

A - Poured a deep dark black but with some nice roasty dark chocolate hues along the edges. There was a nice one finger head that faded to leave a dark brown halo. Very nice.

S - As soon as I cracked this open I could smell blueberries. And chocolate. But wow the blueberries is incredibly impressive. Theres some nice roasty malt notes too, and, for some reason, I can smell alcohol. Why?? This is only 4.5%!

T - Those nice, potent blueberry aromas are somewhat overpowered by the typical stouty goodness. Nice roasty malts and chocolate shine through this stout. There is, however, a simply wonderful blueberry aftertaste.

M - Nice mouthfeel on this stout. Not heavy or syrupy, nor is it thin. Right amount of carbonation with this one.

D - Wow, just wow. I need to get some more of this. Infact, I'd love to keep this in the fridge and have it year round. There is great stout qualities here with some really tasty real, natural blueberry aromas and flavors. Definately need more of this!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger brown head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Blueberry nose and flavor is roasted coffee and blueberry. $2.95 for a 12 oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of weeare138
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a black color with a thick tan head that refuses to yield. Lots of scattered thick tan lacing all over the glass.
Smell is odd with a funky dark roast coffee and blueberries. A mild bit of medicinal nonsense coming through that isn't overly appealing but the pleasantries buried in the back of this one keep me intrigued.
Taste is sweet with blueberries, roasty, rich, with creaminess coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, fully bodied, along with the blueberry sweetness lingering.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours from the 12oz bottle a very dark brown bordering on black with a 1 finger head of tan foam.

The smell is a nice mix of blueberries and roasted malt. A bit of toffee sneaks its way through.

The taste is very nice! The blueberries are well done and compliment a very roasty taste and heck, there's a nice smokey flavour here as well as some good notes of chocolate. Some malt sweetness brings everything together and colour me impressed. On paper, this *sounds* like it could be a real mess but it's anything but a mess. A real treat, I say.

Medium bodied with ditto for the carbonation, it finishes slightly bitter from the roast, slightly sweet from the fruit and the malt. The foam is just a few swirls now and there's not much lacing. Big deal. ;^)

Drinkability? I have to say that I'm very happy that this is only 4.5%...it makes the drinkability of this Stout so much easier to call. I could drink a lot of this and not get bored at all. Well done Dark Horse!!

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Bridgids.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a frothy 2.5 finger dark mocha color that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lastig cap. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with lots of chocolate malt, oatmeal, toffee, burnt toast and a subtle dark fruit presence. The dark berry presence is well integrated, balancng out the deep roasty notes.

Full bodied with a nice creamy texture that adds fullness and complexity. Verydry and roasty with hits of bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee bean and burnt toast hut this is balanced out by subtle dry spic and swee dark fruit. The bluberry presence is evident but not verly sweet balancing outthe roasted malt notes very well. Slight alcohol warmth onthe finish. Pretty drinkable for how heavy it is.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/24/12
*From notes

A: Extremely dark, surprisingly so in fact. A good pour yields a rich and creamy 2.25 finger head. Nice retention follows.

S: Hand-dipped, dark chocolate covered blueberries. But it's not as in your face as one might expect.

T: Like the bouquet, this isn't as "BLUEBERRY!!" as I'd hoped for or expected. It's merely a solid stout with a kiss of fruit up front. This rides to the mid, where it fights an earthy quality that I credit to the malt. The finish showcases notes of black coffee and char. The lasting quality of medicinal mint becomes more and more pronounced as it warms.

M: This is a pretty big beer for the moderate ABV. Creamy, almost milkshake like. It really helps to seel & deliver the fruit forward profile of the brew.

O: This long-time want is an odd beer to decipher. I'm a sucker for blueberry beers, yet this isn't nearly the fruit bomb I was hoping it would be. It's signifigantly more balanced, and therefore it probably appeals to a much larger drinking contingent.

All in all though, I dug Tres Blueberry. It's always a pleasure to imbibe Dark Horse's stouty concoctions, this being no exception. Recommended.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid black color with a cherry coke like head 1/3". Aroma hit the roast, chocolate malt and berry notes, pretty much in same proportion to each other.

Taste was dry, not bitter, not acrid, plenty of roast but still smooth. Mild coffee roast notes, berry above that, not discernably "blueberry" but berry nonetheless.

I dug it. Would bang again.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright dark brown under a 1” tan to brown foam cap
S: chocolate blueberry with some most rich dark cake in the background and a hint of grain.
T: The palate starts with blueberry and then a chocolate coffee background emerges with growing dark malt sugars.
F: Fine and soft medium low carbonation in a medium full body.
O: The beluberry and the dark malts work surprisingly well together in this blueberry flavored stout.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a jet black inky body with a thick dark tan head that boils with tiny bubbles and then settles to a smooth cream head that last pretty long. This beer is to dark to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a soft dark roasted malt aroma with a soft hint of dried blueberries in the background.

T- This beer has a dark dry black roasted malt flavor with a slight chalky note and a finish of tart blueberries. There is a soft dark caramel malt flavor as it warms and a soft maple syrup note when it is warm.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture.

D- There is not much depth or complexity to this beer and the odd flavor of blueberries taste more like an off flavor that a compliment to the stout.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The median beer in my run through Dark Horse's numbered stouts. Originally reviewed on 12-Sep-08 (that bottle was from brewcrew76).

A: The stout pours with a midnight darkness, pitch black. The head is dark, a deep tan color that quickly recedes to a thin pool.

S: The blueberries are evident as soon as you open up the bottle. Up close, the roasted malts are intertwined with the blueberries, toasted chocolate mixed with fruit.

T: Fantastic combination. The stout body is robust, dark and burnt with cocoa powder and chocolate prevalent throughout. Blueberries are the second flavor to emerge. Slightly tart up front, they soon reveal a juicy sweetness that melds well with the bold stout body. A dash of pepper (!?!) finishes things off.

M: I'm more to the full flavor of the stout as opposed to the tart sweetness of tbe blueberry. Fact is, both flavors are quite nice together.

D: The stout tastes bigger than it is. Full and filling, this beer would be perfect on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 326-13 Julian date. Poured into a Kuhnhenn goblet today, 12/29/2013. Third of the Dark Horse series of stouts.

Pours a beautiful dark black body, a bit oily, not super viscous as is the story with the earlier 2. Comes with a lovely dark brown/mocha head with 2 fingers' worth, good retention, leaving a decent-sized collar and a thin film covering the top of the beer. Looks exactly just like the others.

This beer smells like a blueberry bomb. It's fantastic and complements the underlying malts well- a small bit of roast, a good bit of milk chocolate sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness, and hints of espresso. But the blueberry steals the show. Phenomenal and so delicious to sniff.

The flavour profile doesn't live up to the smell, but that's okay. In the beginning, there is a bit of a faint chocolatey roast malt presence, kind of watered down but it's there. And in the middle, a ton of straight up blueberry jam, which is awesome. And it finishes with a brief hint of chocolate covered blueberries which fades into an earthy, roasty coffee bitterness. Very interesting, though the profile doesn't quite come together quite as seamlessly as I'd like.

Same story as with the Too Cream Stout- medium bodied, a bit watery. Aftertaste is a earthy black coffee bitterness. Nothing super special, but solidly drinkable.

Very great smelling beer, showcases the blueberries quite well. Somewhat the same for the flavour, though it could be executed a little bit better. I'm not going to complain that much just because this beer smells so damn good. As far as I know there aren't a lot of blueberry stouts out there, so this one is at least unique and interesting. I still prefer One Oatmeal to this, but this one I'll certainly buy again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Roasty, chocolaty aroma with a solid blueberry presence. Also some caramel.

T- The dark roast is the main player in the flavor with the blueberry complementing nicely and bringing a good sweetness to the table. Alcohol is very well hidden creating a smooth drink that has me coming back for more and more sips.

M- Semi-creamy and viscous with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Though I like Shipyard's Smashed Blueberry just a tad better, this is a very well done blueberry stout with balanced flavors, a soft mouthfeel and enticing aroma.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a surprisingly thick and slimy black with an exceptionally dark head. Head sticks around, but doesn't lace much. No matter, I am very surprised that a %4.5 blueberry flavored beer could ever look this legit.

S-Very present blueberry mixes well with some dark malty goodness. Great mixture of aromas. Not overpowering but delicisously fragrant.

T-Deep chocolate infused with fresh blueberries. Like a chocolate blueberry muffin. Very distinct taste but not too overbearing in any area. Quite delicious. Better than expected.

M-Medium bodied. Well carbonated. A touch of slickness.

D-I could easily drink this. A perfectly sessionable stout granted you like blueberry.

I was quite impressed by this beer. Wasn't gimimicky, just plain good. Surprised by the amount of flavor in a stout comparable to Guinness in terms of alcohol content. Great beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black, with a billowing, frothy, extremely dark mocha head that slowly dissipates.

Blueberry is evident as soon as the bottle is opened, sweet and tart, simultaneously. There's a sweet, nutty malt character, with hints of roast, cocoa, and coffee.

Flavor reveals a tart blueberry note, which becomes slightly sweeter mid palate, carrying into the roasty, lightly bitter finish. Blueberry is definitely dominant until the end.

Body is a touch full, with carbonation on the light side, and light alcohol warmth.

It's blueberry. It's a stout. I wish the blueberry weren't so dominant, but were more of an accent to a nice stout. Not something I'd drink regularly.

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Photo of tigg924
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 1 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: blueberry, dark coffee roast, and some cream

Taste: bitter coffee that turns to dark chocolate and blueberry

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy body, sweetish start with a bitterness in the middle that turns sweet to the end, medium carbonation

Drinkability: Wow I really like this beer. The blueberry really goes well with the roastiness of the stout. The blueberry tastes natural and not syrupy--yet the beeriness is still there. Could have several. New favorite from the brewery.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours black with about an inch and a half frothy brown head. Head retention is good, lacing is OK. The aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and blueberries. None of the aromas overpower the other, which is good. The taste is the same as the aroma, the roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and blueberry flavors all mesh well together and none are overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich, creamy and coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, and at only 4.5% ABV it's also quite sessionable. This is a very good fruit stout, and I would definitely buy this again the next time I see it.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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